[Edison Newsreels: San Francisco Earthquake aftermath]
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Edison newsreels of San Francisco earthquake / falling buildings / taking away the hurt / troops marching along Van Ness Avenue with relief supplies / pan views of the destruction 1906 Earthquake
Disasters Fires Destruction San Francisco, California safety
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Subject: soio8a9fsa get lost!
Subject: A must see education piece if I ever saw one - for historical, anthropological, philosophical, and technical reasons
Shot, apparently by HAND by Edison himself, in the aftermath of the 1906 SF earthquake. The historical value of this footage cannot be stressed. Anthropologically, to glimpse what life and lifestyle was like at the turn of the century is eye-opening. It really didn't sink in that horses were still the primary mode of transportation, and that ALL of the roads were dirt - yet the advent of the motor carriage and the motion picture camera are clearly objects of interest due to their obvious rarity. Even somthing as mundane as clothing of the era is interesting and has great value, particularly to period scholars and entertainment set and costume designers. Notice the clothes of the soldiers, the horsemen, and the general citizens (wow, did they dress up fancy back then or what!) are distinguishable.
Philosophically, the knowledge that every single one of the hundreds, possibly thousands, of faces and faceless people in this film have all passed on. Not one single person still lives that were shown in that footage.
It's also interesting to see how the city fared after such utter devastation. One can only imagine that Chicago was once similarly situated and how it too rose from its literal ashes.
@eliannaj: No, not fair at all to subtract points for quality. Remember, this film is 100+ years old, shot by hand-crank in a chaotic, dusty, and dirty environment on archaic equipment using a rudimentary processing and primitive film. Remember also that storage of film back then was improper at best, and negligent at worst. Knowing now the adversity this film faced to come out so grandly, I can only assume that you'd give back those lost stars, and then some.
Subject: San Francisco Earthquake
What a privilege to see this footage. Filmed by Edison himself? The quality is excellent for its time and still stands up.
Subject: San Francisco Earthquake aftermath - fascinating fact film
Subject: Fuzzy, but historically worth it
Of interest: the horses who do not appear the least bit stressed out; just standing there doing their job, waiting for their carts to be loaded.
It only loses points for how poor the quality is, but maybe that's not fair.
Subject: historical footage...
The Library of Congress has seen fit to add the "San Francisco Earthquake and Fire April 18, 1906" to the National Film Registry (http://www.loc.gov/film/nfr2005.html), though I'm not sure if the footage here is the same as that included in the Registry.
Subject: Only a fire.. keep moving.